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Impact of Brexit on Scottish fishing to be debated

Deputy First Minister John Swinney will attend the Convention of the Highland and Islands in Oban.

Industry: Fish and shellfish farming contributes some £620 million to the national economy every year.
Industry: Fish and shellfish farming contributes some £620 million to the national economy every year.

The impact of Brexit and investment in the fishing industry in the Scottish highlands and islands is to be discussed at a convention this week.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney will be joined by a number of other government ministers at the Convention of the Highland and Islands in Oban on Monday.

Other issues to be discussed include plans to identify Scotland's first "aquaculture innovation sites".

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: "Fish and shellfish farming contributes some £620m to the national economy every year.

"Atlantic salmon production accounts for 90% of the economic impact, supporting over 10,000 jobs.

"Much of this concentrated in our rural and island economies and it is important that we support the sector to explore new approaches which will allow sustainable and productive growth.

"I will be talking to relevant local authorities about our plans, asking for their input and that of the industry into identifying appropriate locations for these innovation sites.

"This will sit alongside with our ongoing commitment to invest in science, research and innovation to enhance the environmental sustainability credentials of the sector and protect Scotland's fantastic natural resources and habitats."

Aileen Morton, leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said: "Holding the Convention in Oban also gives us a chance to highlight the significant regeneration work that has taken place in the town, and the development of the North Pier Pontoons which are helping to bring more people to the area and contributing to a thriving rural economy.

"A number of these projects have been delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and others and we look forward to continuing building on our existing good relationships."

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